New printing technologies for stamps

SCRATCH

and sniff stamps

In 2018, the Postal Service released several stamps that highlighted printing technologies that were new to the production of our stamps, including the Frozen Treats stamps -- the first "scratch and sniff" stamp.

* | Tags: Innovation Stamps USPS Fact #512 | February 5, 2019

What a great idea!

In 2018, the Postal Service released several stamps that highlighted printing technologies that were new to the production of our stamps:

  • The Bioluminescent Life stamps were produced using a proprietary rainbow holographic material that is highly reflective in white light. The special printing techniques impart a sense of movement and light to the stamp pane.
  • The Frozen Treats stamps were the first U.S. “scratch and sniff” stamp. When activated, it releases a summertime scent.
  • The Art of Magic souvenir stamp sheet features the magical illusion of a rabbit popping out of a magician’s hat. It was the Postal Service’s first lenticular stamp.
  • The Dragons stamps contain metallic foil overlays applied during printing.